"We all came to peace with it -- if I die here, I die here. But I'm not going to let it happen to the guys around me. That's what it became about. We weren't fighting for the flag, or the nation or freedom. I wasn't even thinking about my family. All I thought about was that I wasn't going to let anything happen to the guy on my left and the guy on my right."
– U.S. Army Ranger Keni Thomas, Task Force Ranger
Commemorate 30 years since the battle in Somalia that resulted in the ultimate sacrifice of 18 U.S. servicemen, including two Delta Force snipers who were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. This Challenge honors the men of Task Force Ranger (3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta; and 10th Mountain Division) their courage and sacrifice on 3/4 October 1993 to achieve mission success, albeit at great cost. Expect a history lesson and a timeline re-enactment of the mission that inspired Black Hawk Down.
Fearing he would "miss the war," Norwich dropped out of the Nation's oldest private military college, joined the Army, and was awarded the Green Beret. Known on his teams as either Norwich or Boy Scout, the tenants of each are captured in ink on his back. Now separated from Group and uniformed service, Norwich is meshing his military and first responder experience to assist in the development and delivery of instructor-led training courses, classes, and workshops relevant to counterterrorism, resiliency, and cybersecurity to various public and private sector audiences throughout the great Garden State. Norwich is happily married to a remarkable woman and enjoys raising a daughter with a balance of glitter and grit.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom x2
Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines) x2
Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq)
Multiple JCETs in PACOM, SOUTHCOM, EURCOM